Meijer LPGA Classic Presented by Kraft Tuesday Notes and Interviews

Morgan Pressel
Photo Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Morgan Pressel celebrates a birdie on the eighth hole during the weather-delayed third round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club on June 9, 2013 in Pittsford, New York

Michelle Wie, Rolex Rankings No. 6
Morgan Pressel, Rolex Rankings No. 41

Lindsey McPherson & Grace Choi, Sponsor Invites

This week’s Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will mark the LPGA Tour’s first stop in Michigan since 2000 when the Oldsmobile Classic in East Lansing ended its 9-year run. It will also mark the first annual golf event to take place in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula since 2009 when the PGA Tour last hosted the Buick Open in Grand Blanc.

PRESSEL HAPPY TO BE BACK IN MICHIGAN
Morgan Pressel has been a mainstay on the LPGA since winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship during the 2007 season but this week will mark the first time that she has been able to play professionally in Michigan.

“It’s great to finally have the opportunity to play in western Michigan here in Grand Rapids. I did media day, I was here for the couple weeks leading up to the tournament, so I have gotten maybe an advance look at the golf course and things like that. But I’ve met so many great people in my time here so far in Grand Rapids, and I’m really looking forward to the week.”

The two-time LPGA winner spent her summers growing up playing junior golf in the area.

“I spent every summer as a junior golfer traveling around the state of Michigan playing in what was then the PowerBilt Junior Tour, now the Meijer Junior Tour and so, yes, we play in Toledo and it’s close, but this is really neat to play in Michigan for the first time.,” Pressel explained. “And I know that I am going to have a lot of family, my husband’s family is coming out. So it’s going to be one heck of a party this week.”

Pressel has had an up-and-down season with 8 top-20 finishes and 3 missed cuts but is hoping a win in the Great Lakes state will help turn her season around.

“Oh, man, it would mean everything,” Pressel said of what it would mean to win this week. “Just being like almost a home event for me, my husband running the event, a lot of things go into wanting to play well here, having met all the people with Meijer and here at Blythefield. So I definitely want to play well this week. That would be awesome.”

AMATEURS ENJOYING THE EXPERIENCE
This week’s sponsor’s exemptions, Michigan State’s Lindsey McPherson and University of Michigan’s Grace Choi, have been making the most of their week’s at Blythefield Country Club.

“It’s obviously an incredible opportunity,” McPherson said. “You know, being from Michigan, the only tournament that I can remember going to is a Buick Open at Warwick Hills. So not only being able to be here, but be a part of this tournament is just such a dream come true.”

Choi echoed McPherson’s statements.

“Lindsey said it really well. I’m not obviously from Michigan, but it’s always been a dream of mine to play in the LPGA and I got here Sunday and it’s been incredible the last three days I’ve been here. The tournament hasn’t even started and everything has been I couldn’t even imagine it being this wonderful. So I’m just so happy to be here and so thankful.”

While the two may golf for rival Universities they will be sticking together for their first LPGA event.

“We’ve talked about this before, but I think we both kind of decided that we’re kind of a couple little fish in a big pond, so we were thinking that we should probably stick together this week rather than be against each other,” McPherson explained.

WIE ENJOYS HER WEEKS OFF
Michelle Wie was able to take advantage of a rare two week break during the season to take some time away from the game.

“One week I just took completely off,” Wie said. “I was a bit tired I think mentally and it was good just to put the clubs in the closet for a whole week. And I went to my friend’s wedding and this past week it was back to the grind. I got some really good work in, good workouts, some good practices, so I feel ready this week.”

Wie took some time for a GolfDigest photo shoot to showcase one of her new hobbies, fashion.

“Yeah, it’s just something that it’s a lot of fun doing. I’ve always wanted to kind of do maybe something in that, but yeah, the Golf Digest shoot was a lot of fun.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“She actually passed me in the locker room and I had to lift my chin up off the ground, I had my mouth wide open. Other than that, you know, I passed her once and I was so startled that I didn’t actually get a chance to say anything, but I would love to get a picture with her this week if I can.”

-Amateur Lindsey McPherson on seeing her favorite player Stacy Lewis

TV COVERAGE
Golf Channel will once again be covering the LPGA this week. The airtimes are as follows:

Thursday 5:00-7:00pm
Friday 5:00-7:00pm
Saturday 5:00-7:00pm
Sunday 5:00-7:00pm

 

Michelle Wie, Rolex Rankings No. 6

MODERATOR:  I'm pleased to be joined in the media center by Michelle Wie here at the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft.  Michelle, first time in Michigan for the LPGA Tour.  What are your initial thoughts?
 
MICHELLE WIE:  We're just so excited to be here.  We were really excited when the Meijer Classic was added onto the schedule and my first time on this golf course, played 18 holes today, and it's in perfect shape.  Golf course is great and we're all really excited to be here.

MODERATOR:  You're coming off two weeks off.  What did you do in your time off?
 
MICHELLE WIE:  One week I just took completely off.  I was a bit tired I think mentally and it was good just to put the clubs in the closet for a whole week.  And I went to my friend's wedding and this past week it was back to the grind.  I got some really good work in, good workouts, some good practices, so I feel ready this week.

MODERATOR:  You mentioned your friend's wedding and you also had your Golf Digest shoot.  Seems like you've been doing a lot more fashion things.  Is that something you've kind of been getting into a little more?

MICHELLE WIE:  Yeah, it's just something that it's a lot of fun doing.  I've always wanted to kind of do maybe something in that, but yeah, the Golf Digest shoot was a lot of fun and my friend's wedding was awesome.  We were in Sonoma, it was great to see all my friends again.

MODERATOR:  We'll open it up for questions.

Q   Michelle, what are your first impressions of Blythefield Country Club, what kind of challenge is this course?

MICHELLE WIE:  It's great, you know, it's a pretty old school style golf course, big trees.  My first impression, I was on the front nine and I was like, wait, I don't think we've played a par 4 yet.  It goes par 5, par 4, par 3, par 5, par 3, par 5, par 3, and it's a lot of fun, you know.  I think it changes things up a bit.  The back nine you've got some really good tough long par 4s, the par 3s are challenging.  You've got small greens out there.  The course is in perfect shape.  It's absolutely phenomenal how good this golf course is condition wise and the layout is a lot of fun as well.

Q   Michelle, what areas will be worked out here this week in preparation for the major next weekend?

MICHELLE WIE:  You know, I think everything, kind of the whole game has to be solid from tee to green, so I've just been really working on everything.
 
Q   Michelle, with so many of the world's top players at this tournament, does this almost have a feel of like a major?

MICHELLE WIE:  Yeah, you know, it's always exciting when you have a new tournament on the schedule.  We're all really excited to be in Michigan especially with the LPGA Championship next week.  It's a great golf course especially because it's challenging, it's tough, it's tree lined.  It's a really good practice week for next week.  And this week you've got everyone, everyone is in the field like you said, a lot of the top players.  So it's definitely going to be a very exciting week.

Q   Michelle, you say a perfect course.  What's a perfect course in your mind?

MICHELLE WIE:  You know, it's perfect in condition wise.  The fairways are in perfect shape, the greens are rolling really nicely, the rough is up.  I don't know what a perfect course is.  It's just the conditions have to be great, which I think this golf course has for sure.

Q   Michelle, this is kind of a tuneup obviously for a major.  What did you do the week before the U.S. Open that helped prepare you for that?

MICHELLE WIE:  You know, you don't really do anything in particular.  I think you just kind of try to get your game as solid as possible.  I think next week is going to be a pretty difficult golf course.  I think this week is also a difficult golf course, so it helps.  I'm not even going to think about next week.  I'm not going to think about this as a practice week for next week.  This week is a very important week, and I'm just going to focus on this week and I'm just going to do the best I can.

Q   How important is that U.S. Open win for you personally?

MICHELLE WIE:  You know, I think just growing up as an American golfer, I think the one tournament you really just want to win is the U.S. Open.  I just dreamed of it so much growing up.  If I only won one golf tournament my entire career, I would choose that one.  So it's just pretty amazing that it happened this year, still feels really surreal to me.  Yeah, it's just pretty cool.
Q   You're experiencing more success this year than you've had.  What is it that kind of flipped that switch for you?

MICHELLE WIE:  You know, I've just been working on my game, Ledbetter and I, we've been talking a lot the last couple years.  I didn't play well, but I was working on it and just kept at it, you know, just didn't really change anything.  And a Ledbetter kind of said, you know, sometimes change happens over a day, sometimes it happens over a couple years, and I was probably on the couple year path.  I didn't really change anything major for this year, just kept working on what I was working on and that's what I want to do, I just want to keep getting better a little bit, a little bit every day.

Q   Michelle, on that, the commentators in the U.S. Open were impressed press with your on course attitude particularly in that last round where you seemed relaxed, even joking with your caddie, I think, on 16.  Has your on course attitude evolved over the last year too in terms of being more relaxed in the heat of competition?

MICHELLE WIE:  Yeah, I think that kind of comes with maturity, I think, and kind of experience.  It's just you have to really realize it's just a game in the end.  Just because you miss a putt doesn't mean you're going to die or your life is going to end.  So kind of taking on the mentality where it's a challenge, and you kind of have to really enjoy it.  I think it really helps that my caddie is a really good friend of mine, so we go out there, we do not talk about golf at all.  We just talk about other stuff.  Yeah, and he really helped me to keep me calm on the last day, but my caddie, it doesn't matter if I make an eagle or double bogey or triple bogey, it just doesn't phase him.  He's the same either way.  So I just kind of played.

Q   You made a lot of media stops after the win in the U.S. Open, lots after attention.  How has your life changed since then?

MICHELLE WIE:  I get recognized a lot more, which is crazy, but it is a lot of fun.  It was really cool that I kind of got to kind of bask in it for a little bit, but still it's super surreal.  I kind of want to go back to just concentrating on my golf for a little bit and just keep trying to improve a little bit here and there.  But, yeah, I just want to keep enjoying the game and keep having fun, you know.  Just that one tournament doesn't change anything for me.  I feel extremely lucky.  The trophy arrived at my house and it's really cool to walk past it every day but, yeah, it makes me kind of hungry for more, makes me kind of want to do it again and again.  So just going to go have fun.

Q   You're fairly active in social media.  Coming into a tournament week seeing how a lot of the players use Twitter and Facebook to interact with their fans and each other a lot, how much of a role does that play in your daily week on your phone?

MICHELLE WIE:  I think that just being a 20‑something female, I think we all just love social media.  I love taking pictures and I like interacting with my fans.  I think it just, it's a cool way for me to interact with people just straight on, not through media, not through the eyes of a reporter, but just from me.  So I think it's a really cool opportunity just for me to get my thoughts out and everything.  But, yeah, it's definitely ‑‑ social media is definitely changing the world.  We talked about it at Stanford in my classes.  I'm a communication major, so it's just really interesting to see how it's changing how people interact with people in general, whether it's athlete to fan or athlete to athlete or people to people.  It's definitely changing the world.

Q   Have you went my meet‑ups or anything like that from a fan or maybe another celebrity standpoint that you may not have wanted to?

MICHELLE WIE:  Not yet, no.  I just think it's I try to kind of interact with my fans as much as I can.  Yeah, but nothing like that, no.

Q   Michelle, one person asked, what are those things on your legs, what are they for, what do they do for you?

MICHELLE WIE:  I just had a slight knee injury in the beginning of the year, and this tape has been helping to heal, get the inflammation down and support it a little bit.  Trying to take some pieces off and hopefully I'll be tape free soon, but, yeah, it's definitely helping the recovery process.

Q   You've been on the Tour for quite a long time but you're still one of the younger players.  There's a lot of young talent in the LPGA.  How exciting is that to be part of week in, week out, with a whole bunch of people the same age, same talent?

MICHELLE WIE:  It feels great.  I feel like our tour has so many awesome people out there.  As young as I am, I don't feel young anymore because there's so many younger players out there.  But I think it's just great to see because they're the future of our tour, they're going to be here after we leave.  So it's great to see all the rookies out here and all the younger players.  But at the same time I just think that we all have really great chemistry out here.  We all get along and we all just want to keep growing our tour and it's pretty impressive that we've done in the last couple years with the LPGA staff and all the players.  We really work hard.  So it's a lot of fun to see.

Q   Who do you follow on the PGA Tour, anybody you follow?

MICHELLE WIE:  I don't really watch a lot of golf in general.  But after moving to Jupiter I've started to become friends with a couple of them, so I like to follow them and see how they play, but I don't really watch a whole bunch of golf when I don't play.

Q   Michelle, I've been watching you play ever since you were a rookie.  The fact that you are having such a fantastic year I don't think is a surprise to anybody.  We knew it was coming.  The difference I see in you is just even walking around, you seem like a much happier person than you ever were before.  Is that a fair statement?

MICHELLE WIE:  I don't know if that's fair or not.  I'm generally a pretty happy person.  I don't know, I just think I consciously try to be grateful for everything and just really look around and really try to enjoy everything.  I think just growing up you don't really get a chance to look around you and really be grateful for what you have.  I think when you're kind of in your teens through whatever, everything is like uhhh, my life, I hate everything.  I know I was like that.  But I think I may have a different view once I hit my 30s, but 20s I've really started to look around and really feel lucky that I get to do this for a living, you know, that I am outside, I'm healthy, I'm playing golf.  I get to do what I love to do every single day, so I definitely feel very grateful that I am in this situation, this position, and it's a lot of fun.

Q   Michelle, you said earlier you get recognized more since you won the U.S. Open.  When people come out to this tournament this weekend, most of them are going to want to see you.  How do you handle that?

MICHELLE WIE:  I love the fans.  I love when people come out and watch me play.  I think it's just great.  We had a lot of people out on the practice round.  I hope a lot of people come out this weekend and watch us play because it's a great golf course, weather looks like it's going to be good.  Hopefully I didn't just jinx it.  I hope a lot of people come out.

MODERATOR:  Anything else for Michelle?
 
Q   Michelle, they talk about golfers owning their own swing. You're a case where you own your own putting style.  Can you talk about how that all developed and where you made the conscious decision to own this style because it was effective for you?

MICHELLE WIE:  Yeah, I mean, I kind of did it a couple years ago.  I just didn't realize how it looked until I looked in a mirror when someone kind of was talking about it.  But I'm not out here in the business to look cool or try to be ‑‑ try to fit in or whatever.  I'm just going to do whatever it takes to make putts, and for me that's what feels comfortable so I'm just going to keep doing it until it doesn't feel comfortable.  It's not something that's set in cement, but right now it's feeling comfortable so I'm going to just keep going with it.

 

Morgan Pressel, Rolex Rankings No. 41

THE MODERATOR:  Happy to be joined in the media center by Morgan Pressel. Morgan, you've been here a while.  You've been doing a lot of stuff leading up to this event.  What does it feel like for it to finally be here?

MORGAN PRESSEL:  Well, it's really great.  It's great to finally have the opportunity to play in western Michigan here in Grand Rapids.  I did media day, I was here for the couple weeks leading up to the tournament, so I have gotten maybe an advance look at the golf course and things like that.  But I've met so many great people in my time here so far in Grand Rapids, and I'm really looking forward to the week.

THE MODERATOR:  You mentioned that you got an advance look at the golf course.  What do you think of Blythefield?

MORGAN PRESSEL:  I think it's a great golf course, it's old school, old style course.  I think it's set up to make some birdies so you have to definitely get after it.  But it's tree lined and the rough is thick, so if you don't put your driver in the fairway you're not going to have a whole lot of opportunities to make birdies.  So I think that's probably the biggest challenge out here this week is getting the ball in play and then after that firing right at the pins and making some birdies.

THE MODERATOR:  You mentioned you're doing a lot of stuff for this tournament.  You're just coming from a Women's Leadership Day thing.  What do events like that mean to you?

MORGAN PRESSEL:  I think it's really neat to get all of these women professionals together, myself being a golf professional, these other women being business professionals or moms, that's a very professional job too.  So whatever it may be to bring everybody together.  A lot of people look at what we do and think it's so farfetched and it's ‑‑ I mean, we play golf and it's really, really cool, but we're just like everyone else and we have our own passions and things like that.  So to share them with these other women and everybody really just can rally together and draw a lot of support for each other, it's pretty neat.
THE MODERATOR:  All right.  We'll open it up for questions.

Q   Hi, Morgan.  What holes do you think you really want to get after and any holes that fit your eye that you said this hole you want to take advantage of?

MORGAN PRESSEL:  I really like ‑‑ I think that probably my favorite hole is 15.  And having shortened it from normally a par 5 to a par 4, I think it's a great par 4, a really good hole.  Some of the holes definitely to birdie are the short par 3 like 12.  I mean, a lot of the par 5s are reachable.  So the par 5s, there's five of them on the scorecard.  You definitely need to birdie as many par 5s as you can.  Let me think, some of other holes, there's some absolutely beautiful par 3s.  You get to stand on the third tee and it's such a cool shot looking down.  The only problem is you know once you go down, you've got to come back at some point so you have to walk up the hill on 7.  It's a fun golf course to play because I think that, you know, so you do hit a bad shot and make a bogey, you know the next three holes are birdie opportunities.  So you go out there and really get right back in the tournament.
 
Q   Morgan, I think you all have a major next week, but this field looks incredible this week.  Can you just kind of talk about what you think about the field that's here this week?

MORGAN PRESSEL:  Yeah, I think it's a great field this week and I think that says a lot about Meijer and it says a lot about the LPGA.  People want to come and we're very excited to have a new tournament here.  I think the way that the city has embraced the LPGA thus far, not even having played a tournament round, I think this tournament will be around for a long time.  I know the support from the community so far has been amazing and I have no doubt it will continue.
 
Q   Morgan, some of the new events we've been having on the LPGA Tour have been here in the Midwest.  It seems to be a huge golf community that really rallies around the LPGA.  What do you think it is about the Midwest that makes it such a great place for the LPGA to play?

MORGAN PRESSEL:  Well, I think that in areas like this the golf season is short and people get really excited about the golf season when it does come, kind of the same way at the one we play in Canada.  This whole kind of northern area of our country and southern Canada, they just love golf.  It's different than in Florida when you can play golf all year around.  Not that things don't work in Florida, but it's a different feeling when you're here.  It's also not 100 degrees in the summer, so it's a nice place to play at this time of year and people just really, really enjoy having us here and that makes it even that much more fun for us.

Q   You said the course was set up to make some birdies.  Do you have an idea in your head what kind of score it's going to take to win this weekend?

MORGAN PRESSEL:  No, I'm not good at predicting those kinds of things.  There are some good players in this field so I have no doubt it will probably be a low score and so I'm going to have to go out there and just try and make as many birdies as possible.  I don't like to set a score.  One, I don't like to limit myself, but I also don't want to put too much pressure on myself that way.  I'm just going to go out there and play the best that I can and try and give myself as many looks at birdies as I can.

Q   Morgan, what's the state of your game right now, what are you working on and what's going to be important for you this week?

MORGAN PRESSEL:  I think what's going to be important for me this week is going to be my driving.  It has kind of been my Achilles heel lately, which is hard as I've always been a great driver of the golf ball in terms of accuracy.  So I picked up quite a bit of distance, but my accuracy hasn't been right where I need it to be.  So it's something that I work on every day and I feel like I'm plugging along and getting closer, and so I feel good about it.  I had really great practice here in the last two weeks so I'm ready for Thursday, waiting for it to start.
 
Q   This is the first time the LPGA Tour has been back in Michigan, it's been close in Toledo, but to be back in Michigan, I know you have Michigan ties, big Detroit Redwings fan.  What does it mean for you to be here and what do you hope people know in this great season we've been having in the LPGA?  What do you hope people in the community will learn about the LPGA this week?

MORGAN PRESSEL:  Well, I think that people will, one, learn that golf is going to be incredible.  You come out here and you're going to see some really impressive shots and some great shot making, but you're also going to see a lot of fan friendly, fun women from all walks of life, some that are still in their teens and some that are closer to retirement and some that have families.  I mean, there are so many different women out here, but we're all competing for the same thing and I think that's the cool part about the LPGA.  And being back here in Michigan for the first time as a pro for me is really cool.  I spent every summer as a junior golfer traveling around the state of Michigan playing in what was then the PowerBilt Junior Tour, now the Meijer Junior Tour and so, yes, we play in Toledo and it's close, but this is really neat to play in Michigan for the first time.  And I know that I am going to have a lot of family, my husband's family is coming out.  So it's going to be one heck of a party this week.
 
THE MODERATOR:  Any more questions?  We'll end on this for Morgan.  First year event for this.  What would it mean for you to come home with the trophy?

MORGAN PRESSEL:  Oh, man, it would mean everything.  Just being like almost a home event for me, my husband running the event, a lot of things go into wanting to play well here, having met all the people with Meijer and here at Blythefield.  So I definitely want to play well this week.  That would be awesome.


Lindsey McPherson & Grace Choi, Sponsor Invites

MODERATOR:  Good afternoon, everyone.  We'd like to welcome you all to the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft.  I'm pleased, very, very pleased to be joined by our two sponsor invites this week who have a very fun tie to the Michigan area.  As you can see they're both wearing it right on their clothing, which is very fun.  As a former college golfer here in the state of Michigan, I will admit I was a Spartan myself so it's okay, Grace, I still don't hold it against you.  Good schools both.  But very exciting. 
           Ladies, to be back here in Michigan, the LPGA hasn't been back here since 2000, to have the opportunity to even have an LPGA event in the state is a great opportunity, but now to be able to be playing back in the state, I'll introduce you both before I end up asking you this question, but first off I'll introduce to my immediate left is Lindsey McPherson, an entering senior at Michigan State University, posted a career best ninth place finish at the Big Ten Championships this year, leading MSU to their third Big Ten title in four years.  Thank you for representing the program so well.  And then to her left is Grace Choi, a sophomore at the University of Michigan who posted the low scoring average for the team last year at 75.64, a freshman record for the Wolverines.  First off, congratulations ladies on getting the opportunity to play this week.  But what does it mean to get this opportunity to see the LPGA here in the state and to be given the opportunity to play?  Lindsey, I'll ask you that first.

LINDSEY McPHERSON:  It's obviously an incredible opportunity.  You know, being from Michigan, the only tournament that I can remember going to is a Buick Open at Warwick Hills.  So not only being able to be here, but be a part of this tournament is just such a dream come true.
 
GRACE CHOI:  Lindsey said it really well.  I'm not obviously from Michigan, but it's always been a dream of mine to play in the LPGA and I got here Sunday and it's been incredible the last three days I've been here.  The tournament hasn't even started and everything has been ‑‑ I couldn't even imagine it being this wonderful.  So I'm just so happy to be here and so thankful.

MODERATOR:  I know it's an amazing opportunity to get to play with the people who you guys watch on TV all the time and who you aspire probably to be.  What are you most looking forward to about this week?  Is there anything in particular that jumps out that you're looking forward to about playing in an LPGA event?
 
GRACE CHOI:  Well, I've gotten to play with a few pros already.  I played five holes with Ai Miyazato yesterday and I played three holes with Lydia Ko and Danielle Kang today, so it's been really fun watching them play a practice round, just seeing how they go about attacking the course.  And I'm just hoping to learn, watch the pros play and learn something and hopefully apply it to all the next tournaments I play.
 
LINDSEY McPHERSON:  I'm most looking forward to making everyone proud of me.  I've had so many people that have helped me over the years and believed in me, and I'm most looking forward to just making them proud and making every Spartan fan out there proud, making everybody from Michigan proud of me.  Hopefully I can make a good showing out there.

MODERATOR:  Well, we all know that Michigan, Michigan State, there's a little bit of a rivalry that goes on between the two schools.  Do you guys have any little bit of a rivalry this week to see who performs better out there on the golf course?

LINDSEY McPHERSON:  We've talked about this before, but I think we both kind of decided that we're kind of a couple little fish in a big pond, so we were thinking that we should probably stick together this week rather than be against each other, you know.  So it is definitely a big rivalry and I know there's going to be a lot of Michigan fans and a lot of Michigan State fans out here, but I think two of us are going to stick together.
 
GRACE CHOI:  Yeah, definitely.  I'm from Texas, so I didn't really know how intense the Michigan/Michigan State rivalry is, but I experienced it last year and it is one of the biggest rivalries in college.  But I met Lindsey a week ago and she's been great, and just like what she was saying, we don't really ‑‑ we've never experienced anything like this before so we're just going to try to have fun and support each other regardless of what we shoot and we're just both really happy to be here.

MODERATOR:  I'm sure it didn't take you long on campus in Ann Arbor to learn about all the rivalries even though I know Ohio State is a big one for Michigan too.  Anybody have questions for these two ladies?  If not I can keep asking questions.
 
Q   For either one of you or both, can you describe your fall schedule coming up?  What's it like to be playing fall golf?  What's your routine like, what's your week like in terms of studies and playing golf and matches?
 
LINDSEY McPHERSON:  Our schedule, I mean, I don't know about Grace, but ours is a real whirlwind.  We have to fit a lot in in the short period that we have being from Michigan.  So we play split seasons, but the fall I would say is definitely a lot busier than the spring.  We go on a lot of trips, we play a lot of tournaments and we have to qualify for each tournament.  So just getting all those rounds in, getting all the practice in that we need and trying to fit school work in there somewhere, you know, it gets a little bit hectic around campus.
 
GRACE CHOI:  Very similar.  We start as soon as we can in the fall, but for us personally we're a little bit busier in the spring.  But it's not easy going to both such academically revered schools.  It's really hard to fit studying and practice and study again.  But I mean the few times I do have free time I never know what to do with it, so I actually really enjoy having a busy schedule.  I'm never bored and I'm just living the dream, you know, traveling and playing golf for University of Michigan.

Q   What are you both studying?
 
LINDSEY McPHERSON:  I just graduated this spring with a Bachelor's in accounting, and this spring ‑‑ I'm taking a few classes this fall but this spring I'm starting my Master's program in business analytics.

GRACE CHOI:  I got in as an engineering major, but I've only finished my freshman year and I've found that engineering is not really my thing.  So I'm actually looking to apply to the business school later in the spring and try to go that route.
 
MODERATOR:  Lots of balancing time and efforts.  Grace, you brought up a great point about playing with some of these players given a chance to play with Ai Miyazato.  Lindsey, I was reading that Stacy Lewis is your favorite female golfer?

LINDSEY McPHERSON:  Yes.

MODERATOR:  Have you had a chance to see her out here yet, have you had a chance to meet her?

LINDSEY McPHERSON:  I did.  She actually passed me in the locker room and I had to lift my chin up off the ground, I had my mouth wide open.  Other than that, you know, I passed her once and I was so startled that I didn't actually get a chance to say anything, but I would love to get a picture with her this week if I can.

MODERATOR:  We can definitely work on introducing you.  Grace, is there any other player ‑‑ your litany of lists of the players you've played with already are some pretty impressive players ‑‑
 
GRACE CHOI:  Very much so.  I'd really like to meet Suzann Petterson.  I really like the way she ‑‑ I like the way she plays golf.  She's always ‑‑ you can tell she's really into it and she focuses on every shot and she just seems like such a tough player, and I kind of want to get to meet her and talk to her and maybe learn something from her.

MODERATOR:  Well, there are a lot of special things that you get in your first LPGA event, just the opportunity, the experience.  I know for Meijer it was very important, they're very focused on their local community and they wanted to help out some local players who are in this community and get a chance at their first event.  So I'm sure they're going to be very pleased to watch you this week and see if they can help you as you continue on your careers, whether it be as professional golfers or however you get to be.  As we saw the Executive Ladies Day today, there are some great opportunities as you move further in your career.  So we wish you the best of luck this week and play well. 

 

 

Topics: Notes and Interviews, Pressel, Morgan, Wie, Michelle, Meijer LPGA Classic

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